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BREAKING NEWS – Kobe Bryant killed in helicopter crash; 13-year-old daughter Gianna also reportedly among victims

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Kobe Bryant died in a helicopter crash in Calabasas, California, Sunday morning, Yahoo Sports confirmed. His daughter, Gianna, was also on board as was another player and parent en route to a travel basketball game, ESPN’s Adrian Wojnarowski reported.

Orange Coast college baseball coach John Altobelli also died in the crash, the Orange County Register reported. There were five fatalities.

Bryant dies in helicopter crash

Bryant played his entire 20-year career for the Los Angeles Lakers and won five NBA championships prior to retiring in 2016. He was named Finals MVP twice and league MVP in 2008. Bryant was 41.

The helicopter, a Sikorsky S-76, crashed under unknown circumstances with five people on board, according to the Federal Aviation Administration. An investigation is ongoing.

CNN’s transportation expert said the flight data shows the helicopter tightly circling downtown Los Angeles before heading out to Calabasas. It departed John Wayne International Airport and followed U.S. Route 101 before turning left toward the Calabasas hills, per a compiled Aviation Safety Network report.

Flighttrader shared the path on Twitter and Eric Leonard of NBC Los Angeles has the radar track.

TMZ first reported the news.

Kobe’s daughter, Gianna, reportedly on board

Gianna Bryant, Kobe’s 13-year-old daughter, was one of the four passengers killed in the crash, ESPN’s Adrian Wojnarowski reported.

OCC assistant coach Ron La Ruffa confirmed that Altobelli was on board and died in the crash, per the OC Register.

Kobe Bryant was killed in a helicopter crash, per reports. (Lintao Zhang/Getty Images)
Kobe Bryant was killed in a helicopter crash, per reports. (Lintao Zhang/Getty Images)